JCC Cultural Arts & Book Series 2019
Lev Golinkin is the author of A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka. A compelling true story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young man seeking to reclaim a shattered past, this memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, and poignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union.
Mr. Golinkin, a graduate of Boston College, came to the US as a child refugee from the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkov (now called Kharkiv) in 1990. His op-eds and essays on the Ukraine crisis have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and Time.com, among others; he has been interviewed by WSJ Live and HuffPost Live.